The LORD’s Prayer //Day 2

By: Jess Hill

The Lord’s Prayer

Matthew 6: 9-13

“This, then, is how you should pray:

‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, 10 your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us today our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’”

“Our Father Who Art in Heaven”

  • To call God “Father” is to pray in Jesus’ name
  • By addressing the Lord first, we avoid plunging right into talking with God but can first collect our situation and realize we are in the presence of Christ
  • Reminds us that we are calling on our sovereign Father, who could be a severe judge over us, so we should ask Him to implant in us a comforting trust in His fatherly love

“Hallowed Be They Name”

  • Hallowed = holiness (A term not commonly used today)
  • What does it mean to ask His name to be holy?
    • Every baptized Christian has God’s name put upon them, so we pray that God keeps us from dishonouring His holy name, and that he would empower us to be good and holy
    • It is a request that faith in God would spread throughout the world and that Christians would honour God with the holiness of their lives and that more people would honour and call upon Him
    • To “hallow” God’s name is more than living righteously, but rather to have a heart of grateful joy towards God and His beauty
  • This is a prayer that God would be glorified among all nations

“Thy Kingdom Come”

  • When we serve other things in God’s place, all spiritual, psychological, cultural, and material problems arise; therefore we need God’s kingdom to “come”
  • God’s kingdom comes in two ways:
    • Through the Spirit – the Spirit corrects our desires
    • Through the Word of God – the Word of God shapes our thoughts
  • This is a prayer that God would extend his power over all parts of our lives – emotions, desires, thoughts, and commitments
  • We are asking God to fully rule us so that we want to obey him with joyful hearts
  • The reign of God is only partial now; to pray thy kingdom come is to pray for the future when God’s reign on earth is full when there is justice and peace

“Thy Will Be Done”

  • As the Lord’s children, we may not understand his prohibitions, but because He is our father we trust Him
  • Only if we trust God as our father, then we can ask for grace to bear our troubles with patience and grace
  • If we can’t say “Thy will be done” from the bottom of our hearts, we will never know any peace; we will feel compelled to try to control people and our environments

“Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread”

  • This a prayer for necessities, rather than luxuries
    • Proverbs 30: 8 “Keep falsehood and lies from me; give me neither poverty (lest I resent you) or riches (lest I forget you), but give me only the bread I need each day”
  • This is when you can bring our “prayer request list” before God

“Forgive Us Our Debts as We Forgive our Debtors”

  • If we have not seen our sin and sought radical forgiveness from God, we will be unable to forgive and to seek the good of those who have wronged us
  • Regular confession should produce an increased confidence and joy in your life

“Lead Us Not Into Temptation”

  • We pray not that we should not be tempted, but rather to not be brought into temptation
  • To enter into temptation is to entertain and consider the prospect of giving into sin
  • The Bible talks of suffering and difficulty as a furnace in which many impurities of the soul are “burned off” and we come to greater self knowledge, humility, durability, faith and love

“Deliver Us From Evil”

  • This prayer is directed against specific evils that project from the devil’s kingdom (poverty, dishonour, death, etc.)
  • It is a prayer for deliverance from the evil within us and protection from the evil outside us in the world

Content retrieved from: Timothy Keller’s book, Prayer – Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God, 2014